Boost Gauge Buyer's Guide
A boost gauge is the most vital pressure instrument one can choose for their vehicle
if it is running a turbo or supercharger. It is extremely vital to monitor the crucial
levels of your engine’s vacuum and compression levels to avoid potentially serious
damage to your engine. The range of a typical boost meter is 0 to 30 PSI (pounds
per square inch) of boost pressure. Boost gauges are usually mounted on the driver’s
side pillar or dashboard using one of many vehicle specific or universal gauge pods
available that we offer. With many different designs and models available, it can
be difficult to decide which gauge will be applicable to your specific needs.
GlowShift’s boost gauges are available in a variety of styles and configurations
offered both PSI and BAR readings, as well as 52mm and 60mm models. The more budget
minded consumer will often look for gauges that feature a quality design with a
simple offering of features, should they not require more advanced abilities. However,
for the more serious consumer, you may want a turbo meter that is not only built
with exceptional quality, but also packs a collection of advanced features including
high and low warnings, peak recall functions and smoother needle movement driven
through Stepper Motor Technology. What is Stepper Motor Technology? Stepper Motor
Technology allows for extremely smooth and accurate needle movements through its
electronically driven internal components and gears, providing unmatched results.
One popular accessory many choose along with their boost gauge is an electronic
or manual boost controller, which allows you to control the boost level coming from
your intake manifold. While using your boost gauge to monitor and determine your
desired boost level, you can set the desired boost level with your controller. However,
increasing boost levels must be done properly and in accordance with the limits
of your engine. Failure to do this properly could result in serious and costly damage
to your engine.
Installing a boost gauge is a simple process. Depending
on whether you are installing an electronic or mechanical boost gauge will determine
any additional steps you might have to complete to ensure a proper installation.
Mechanical turbo gauges require splitting the vacuum line, inserting the T-Fitting
and then running the vacuum hose directly to the back of your gauge. Electronic
gauges require running the vacuum line to the electronic sensor and then connecting
the sensor wire to the back of the gauge. This method ensures the vacuum line will
not get pinched from the firewall, preventing any loss of vacuum pressure. Connecting
power to the gauge requires it to be connected to a constant 12 volt source.
GlowShift offers a variety of exceptionally designed boost gauges offered in
several models to choose from with each offering their own set of unique abilities,
while being offered at an affordable price. Our 7 Color Gauge Series are among GlowShift’s
most popular gauge series and are available in three different options: Black 7
Series, Tinted 7 Series and White 7 Series. As the name suggests, this series features
our 7 Color LED Through-Dial Lighting with numerous color modes, as well as Stepper
Motor Technology for supreme accuracy. GlowShift’s Digital Gauge Series offers a
collection of simple, yet highly effective and reliable features such as fully electronic
sensors, a calibration start up sequence to ensure proper gauge readings and connections,
as well as an easy to read digital LED display built in a sleek, ultra-thin design.
The Elite 10 Color Gauge Series features electronic sensors and Stepper Motor Technology
for optimal performance results as well as high and low warnings, peak recall and
is LED illuminated with 10 different colors to match your vehicle’s stock dash.
If you have any questions regarding any turbo boost gauge or gauge series,
please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.